Karen left a link in the blog post below to an article in the Daily Telegraph.
The idle parent: the less school, the better, 15 March 2008, The Daily Telegraph, London, England
School terms are much too long; so are school days. The schools that produce the best results and the freest thinkers have the shortest terms and shortest days. They are not merely containment camps for pre-workers. (A thought: now that playschool has been renamed preschool by the fun-haters, why not go the whole hog and rename school prework?)
I’ve thought about this since I noticed the trend toward calling preschool, Pre-K. Preschool is no longer pre school, it is a part of the schooling process. Of course, that trend began when children going to what used to be called nursery school (or in my case, “musical kindergarten”) were themselves called ‘preschoolers,’ as if their lives were defined in terms of school even before they were of ‘school age.’ The little kids were no longer toddlers or … little kids … , they were preschoolers. I see the same thing when children and teens are described as ‘students’ even in non-school contexts. What’s next? Calling babies infant learners, or some such thing? Wait for it … search on Google for “infant learners.” (hand on heart, I thought up “infant learners” first, and did the search second)
In any case, the article is a reassuring read.
So it is the responsibility of the idle parent to implant a love of education. The way to do it is to lead by example and curl up with a good book.
posted by Valerie